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Black-spotted longhorn beetle, one of 60 species of longhorn beetle in Britain, is fairly common in early summer and found on Rod Wood reserve.

Common fleabane a native of damp open habitats such as found at Rod Wood. An important pollen and nectar source for many bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

At Leek Show with our new gazebo and displaying our wildlife friendly flower garden.

A single Greater Butterfly orchid found at Rod Wood in 2018 flowering for the first time for many years.

The Plant Sale team at Meerbrook Village Fayre all ready for action.

Local members supporting Mary Colwell on her 500 mile walk across Ireland, Wales and England in support of the Curlew. Her book  Curlew Moon  describes her journey.

Heather heathland under restoration at Rod Wood reserve.

An unusual pure white Common Spotted orchid found on Casey Bank reserve.

Cowberry, a relative of Bilberry, found at Swineholes Wood reserve. The red berries are edible but rather tart.

Ragged Robin, found at Rod Wood reserve, is particularly attractive to long-tongued bees.

Red Cardinal beetle, they are predators and feed on other insects flying around the flowers on which they are perched. Found at Rod Wood reserve.

Orange Peel fungus, this striking fungus is widespread but not common during August to November.

The Common Sexton beetle is an undertaker of the animal world. It buries dead animals like mice and birds, and then feeds and breeds on the corpses. Found at Swineholes Wood and Blackbrook reserves.

All photographs copyright to J. D. Stanney

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